Conversion of a Dutch Barn into a 5-bedroom House

Build-Zone provided a comprehensive All Risks Site Insurance Policy which included cover for the New Works & Materials, the Existing Structure, Equipment & Plant in addition to Public & Employers’ Liability for this project. The project was a conversion of a Dutch Barn into a 5-bedroom dwelling undertaken as a self-build.

Build-Zone also provided a Self-Build Warranty following Building Control sign- off and completion of the Technical Audit process, facilitated by their in-house Technical Services.

The build was undertaken by Woodstock Design and Build Ltd who looked after every aspect of the design and construction process on time and within budget.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We would like to wish all of our clients and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018!

Merry Christmas

Thank you for your continued support in 2017, we are looking forward to working with you in 2018.

The Build-Zone Team

NaCSBA’s ‘Right To Build’ Task Force appoints Mario Wolf as director

Mario Wolf has been announced as the founding director of NaCSBA’s Right To Build Task Force. The new Task Force will support local authorities, community groups and other housing organisations across the UK to deliver large, affordable custom and self-build housing projects.

NaCSBA’s ‘Right To Build’ Task Force appoints Mario Wolf as director

Over the next three years the Task Force expects to help at least 80 organisations create significantly more affordable homes. NaSCBA will use the Right to Build Portal to share best practice and case studies, supported by regional events to bring on affordable, large-scale custom build.

Wolf officially joins the Task Force on secondment from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Recently, Wolf was the lead on the Government’s Starter Homes policy for the DCLG, and was instrumental in the implementation of the Government’s custom and self-build homes programme, which ultimately led to the introduction of the Right to Build.

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Fires, Flues & Chimneys: What Can Go Wrong?

Learn the questions you need to ask to ensure a successful installation, with surveyor Andy Butchers’ insider advice.

fire

Whether your taste is for a cosy inglenook with an open fire or an eye-catching modern stove, the right solid fuel heater can add style and panache not just to the room it’s in, but to the entire house. For many self builders and renovators, however, it’s not simply about aesthetics. Combined with other technologies, these can be genuine heat sources that form an important part of the overall energy performance strategy for your home.

The basics

As with most elements of a major project, it’s crucial you do your research before finalising the spec. What sort of fire do you want, and will it be used as a primary or secondary heat source? Do you want a formal fireplace and chimney or just a flue, and does the type of structure you’re proposing cater for the installation requirements? Check back with your local authority, too, as some restrict the use of open fires and the fuel types you can burn.

An important step is to hire a suitably-qualified installer – look for HETAS or OFTEC registration for solid fuel appliances, and Gas Safe for gas. They’ll advise on specifications and, on completion of the installation, will provide a certificate to show that it complies with Building Regulations.

A certification plate is often fixed to the flue to verify testing has been undertaken. A warranty provider won’t usually cover these appliances unless there’s a suitable certificate in place.

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Push-Fit Plumbing: What Can Go Wrong?

Andy Butchers shares his insider tips to help troubleshoot this part of your project.

Plumbing

Push- or quick-fit plastic plumbing has been around for some time, and has gradually taken a sizeable share of the water supply materials market – both in the self build and renovation sector, and for commercial developments. Despite some initial teething problems, the technology has come on immensely, and many die-hard traditional plumbers have now moved across to this system.

The benefits

A key advantage of push-fit is that it allows for much quicker installation than traditional connections. That’s because it’s easier to cut, more flexible when it comes to threading through the building structure and – of course – the joints are much faster to make.

Typically, the push-fit connectors feature an ‘O’-ring seal and metal-toothed grab ring to secure the pipe and form a watertight seal. The system is interchangeable between plastic and copper. This flexibility means it can be used in refurbishments, as well as for temporary connections.

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